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St. Louis, Itasca counties each have 3 new COVID-19 cases; no new cases in Carlton County

Numbers as of Monday, May 18.

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Three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in both St. Louis and Itasca counties, bringing the number of cases confirmed through lab-based testing to 105 and 49, respectively, on Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

No additional people have tested positive in Carlton County, keeping the total at 66. Thirty-seven of those cases have been incarcerated people at the Moose Lake prison, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections' Monday update. Another 31 people within the prison were presumed positive as of Monday. Of those 68 people, 44 no longer require isolation. Workers at the Moose Lake prison also have been infected, with 35 confirmed staff cases to date Friday.

Pine County has seen no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, keeping the total at 83. The Minnesota Department of Corrections reported that, as of Friday, 69 of those cases are incarcerated people in the Willow River correctional facility, where four staff members have now also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Cook County has no confirmed cases. Lake County still has one case, which was reported May 6.

Koochiching County reported two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to five.


Aitkin County reported four total COVID-19 cases after one new case was reported Monday.

Douglas County, Wisconsin, reported one new COVID-19 case Monday, bringing the total to 13.

Throughout Minnesota, 16,372 people have tested positive and 10,764 of them no longer need to be isolated. On Monday, 488 people were hospitalized and 229 of them were in an intensive care unit.

The Health Department reported nine more deaths in Minnesota, bringing the total to 731.

This story was updated at 3:04 p.m. May 18 with information regarding new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County and again at 5:39 p.m. with information about Moose Lake prison COVID-19 cases. It was originally posted at 11:51 a.m. May 18.

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Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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